Archive for: Documentary

Documentary screenings, Dhaka Art Summit, 2-10 February 2018

Delighted to have shown three of my short films (including ‘Paper’, 2011, film still above) at the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit’s ’One Hundred Thousand Small Tales’, curated by Sharmini Pereira.

Doc short ‘Thep’ is Official Selection at VAEFF, NYC, 9-11 November 2017

A raw cut of ‘Thep’ (2016), my documentary short was selected for 7th Annual Video Art and Experimental Film Festival (VAEFF). The festival ”introduces New York City to the most conceptually and aesthetically arresting, daring and provocative experimental films from around the world.” Directed, shot and edited by Kannan Arunasalam. Produced by Stateless Media.

Invitation to Havana, Cuba from Cornell University’s AAP, Sep. – Oct. 2016

Invitation from Cornell University’s Architecture, Art and Planning and the Society for the Humanities to participate in Cuba as Project: Mellon Seminar Visits Havana
“The Mellon seminar students were joined by DuFour’s architecture option studio, Havana After Nature, as well as three invited guests — documentary filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam, architectural historian and theorist Iulia Statica…”

Release of “Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain”, Stateless Media, AOL Originals, TechCrunch, October 2016

Cinematographer on Stateless Media’s documentary series commissioned by AOL Originals and posted on TechCrunch,  “Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain”, about the rise of bitcoin, October 2016

‘Sampur’ documentary, released 6 April 2016

Sampur (30 mins) about a community’s struggle to return home, after decades of conflict and displacement. The film follows three families from Sampur, eastern Sri Lanka over three months, in the wake of the community’s court case victory against the government to return to their homes after the war. Commissioned by CPA and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Documentary trailer here.

‘Thep’ shortreal posted on Upworthy, nearly 1/2 million views, 30 March 2016

Upworthy posted our shortreal Thep — a mild-mannered surgeon in a storefront clinic in Bangkok who gives people the bodies they’ve always wanted. He almost never sleeps or eats, and he keeps his mobile by his side always. He’s glad the rest of the world is finally catching up. Directed, shot and cut by Kannan Arunasalam for Stateless Media.

‘News from Jaffna’ (Director’s cut) selected for 14th Film South Asia’s Travelling Film Festival, November 2015

A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists – Sri Lanka.

‘News from Jaffna’ (Director’s cut) screened at Seattle South Asian Film Festival, 16 October 2015

A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists – Sri Lanka.

Release of ‘The People’s Prophet’, The Guardian, 7 September 2015

Release of our Stateless Media shortreal ‘The People’s Prophet‘ on The Guardian, 7 September 2015

“Elections take place in November in Myanmar, with Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party expected to win most seats. But alongside the political debate, there’s another conflict – between each side’s astrologers, for whom advising politicians is a lucrative business. In a country with a long history of superstition, where major decisions have been made by leaders after consultation with astrologers, can three charismatic prophets influence the future of Myanmar?”

Release of ‘Citizen Mars’, Stateless Media, AOL Originals, Engadget, 1 September 2015

Latest series of shortreals, Stateless Media’s ‘Citizen Mars‘, commissioned by AOL Originals and Engadget. It was an absolute pleasure to capture would-be Marstronaut Shradha Prasad’s story from India, and the entire Stateless Media team.

“We go in depth with five of the finalists for the Mars One mission: everyday people determined to be the first to colonize the Red Planet. Through interviews and extensive vérité that spans India, Egypt, South Africa, Italy, and the U.S., discover the obsession with the future, adventure, and space that’s propelling them to leave everything – and everyone – behind.”